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August 29, 2014

Fiscal Court holds special meeting; votes to keep current tax rate...

TAX rates set by court

By Catrina Vargo

Louisa, KY -- A special meeting of the Lawrence Co. Fiscal Court was held Thursday, August 28 at 9:00 am in the courtroom of the Lawrence Co. Courthouse.  After the opening prayer and Pledge of  Allegiance, the meeting was called to order by County Judge Executive, John Osborne.

magistrate Morris Howard asked why some of the taxing districts need to raise their rates.magistrate Morris Howard asked why some of the taxing districts need to raise their rates.The first item on the agenda was the 2015 County Tax Rates which consist of real estate, tangible or personal property, and documented water/aircraft.  County Court Clerk, Chris Jobe explained that the current county real estate tax is 17.10%. The state suggested compensating rate is 18.2%.  Unlike individual property which is assessed by the PVA, “companies send their assessments to the state.” Jobe said. 

He explained that a lot of our loss has been due to the situation at a the Big Sandy Plant of AEP with part of it being shut down.

“The company assessments are done by the state, then they are sent to us,” Jobe said.  

Magistrate Morris Howard said, “I am not for a tax raise.”  Jobe said he understood, but, “at the local level, our hands are tied" as far as determining the compensating rate.  The Fiscal Court voted to keep the current rate at 17.10% and not the compensating rate.

The next item on the agenda was to accept the Special Districts tax rates, three of which raised their rates slightly.  

Library Director, Carlie Hillman reads the library tax rate to Fiscal CourtLibrary Director, Carlie Hillman reads the library tax rate to Fiscal CourtLawrence Co. Public Library Director Carlie Hillman was present to read the library tax rate per House Bill 1. The library tax rate is 16.6%.  Hillman explained that the library had taken the compensated rate for the last three years.  

Magistrate Morris Howard asked, "Why does the library, extension office and health department need a raise?"

Sheriff garrett Roberts reads his tax settlement figures to the court. Lawrence Co. Sheriff Garrett Roberts reads his tax settlement.Lawrence co. Sheriff reads his tax settlementSheriff, Garrett Roberts, responded saying, “To get the same money we got last year.  When there’s a loss it has to be compensated.”

Roberts gave an example if someone’s situation changed next year and they were on disability, their tax bill would change.  “There’s no way to know what is going to happen from one year to the next”  he said.

A motion was made by Magistrate Bill Lemaster and seconded by Magistrate Earl Boggs  to accept the Special District Tax Rates and the vote was unanimous.  

The authorization of PVA not to print any tax bill less than $10 was also passed unanimously.

The next item on the agenda was to accept the 2013 Sheriff tax settlement.

Sheriff Roberts said the amount of county taxes collected was $794,585.27. Jobe explained that tax bills can't be printed until the rates and settlement is accepted by the court. September 15 is the deadline to have everything in so that tax bills can be sent out, allowing time for the discount for early payment.

Following is a complete listing of the 2014 tax rate schedule as well as last year's rates.

2013 tax rates2013 tax rates

2014 tax rates2014 tax rates

August 27, 2014;

Sister wants answers in Lawrence County Cold case; $5,000 reward...

To whom it may Concern:

Thursday the 28th will make eleven years since the brutal murder of my sister Dianna Keeton just outside the small community of Blaine Ky.

Thursday the 28th will make eleven years since the brutal murder of Dianna Keeton just outside the small community of Blaine Ky.Thursday the 28th will make eleven years since the brutal murder of Dianna Keeton just outside the small community of Blaine Ky.Since that time, nothing has been the same for my family. Watching and listening for any information.  Hoping to find out who committed this awful crime.  My Dad has since passed not knowing who shot and killed his oldest daughter.  She had three grandchildren and three step grandchildren at the time she was killed. Now there are six grandchildren, three step grandchildren, and three great grandchildren that will never know the love of their grandmother.  Her youngest son served his country as a National Guard in Iraq, knowing this would have made her very proud.  Her children and grandchildren live each day with the knowledge that they will never feel the warm touch of a hug or the sound of her soft voice.

There is still a $5,000 reward for the capture and conviction of the person or persons that committed this horrendous murder.  I know my Mother, my family and the whole community would rest easier knowing that whoever KILLED my sister was finally behind bars. I think her case has been put in the cold case files for now.

Hopefully someone will hear something or something will be said to bring the case back to an active status and the person or persons will be caught. If anyone knows anything please contact the Kentucky State Police in Ashland.

Thanks,

Barbara Hall, sister to Dianna Keeton

 

Contact information; phone – work 606-652-9202, home 606-652-9711, cell 606-624-5058

My Mother, Gladys Skaggs,  home 606-652-3462


August 24, 2014;

Single vehicle accident sends young mother and child to med center after spinning into median near Kise...

Single vehicle accident sends young mother to med Center Saturday. Lazer photo by Catrina VargoSingle vehicle accident sends young mother to med Center Saturday. Lazer photo by Catrina Vargo

by Catrina Vargo

Louisa, KY -- Kelli King, 25, of David, KY,  was traveling north on U.S. 23 Saturday afternoon at approximately 3:00 pm, when she lost control of her 1996 Toyota Camry near Dock's Pizza in the Meade's Branch area of Lawrence County.

The vehicle went off the road skidding several feet, turned completely around, facing south, ending up in the ditch. King, who was traveling with a one year old child in the back seat was not severely injured.  The child was not believed to be injured, but was transported along with King to TRMC as a precaution.

Witnesses said King stated that the child was crying and she looked back to check on the baby when she lost control of the vehicle.

Lawrence Co. Deputy Sheriff Mark Wheeler was the investigating officer and Net Care Ambulance was also on the scene.

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